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City to abate taxes for Busche

Published 12:36pm Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The City of Hartselle and the State of Alabama will be abating nearly $1 million in taxes for Busche, which recently purchased the old Copeland plant and will employ at least 177 employees within three years.

David Jones, general manager of Busche, said the company currently employs 29 workers, which is more than they originally planned.

“Most of the workers are former Emerson (Climate Technologies) employees,” said Jones, who also used to work at Emerson prior to accepting the job with Busche.

Mary Ila Ward, existing business and workforce development consultant, said tax abatements will be $534,224 for property taxes and $475,000 in sales taxes based on a $20 million investment over 10 years.

Mayor Don Hall said that abatement will be a good investment for the community due to the amount of wages that workers will spending to help the local economy.

“The way I see it, Busche will be pumping about $55 million in payroll into our local economy,” Hall said.

Ward said the the payroll at Busche will swell to as much $6 million in its third year.

The tax abatements will be filed with the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Jones said Busche is currently doing construction and renovations at the Emerson plant.

He said they’ve just recently hired three new employees and will continue to add workers over the next three years until it is fully operational.

The Busche plant is located on Thompson Road near the new Morgan Center Business Park.

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